July 25, 2010

One Potato, Two Potato . . .

We have been receiving potatoes regularly from the co-op so I have been trying out some of my long-bookmarked recipes and even a very recently bookmarked recipe. First up was Seasoned Crispy Fries. I had these on the brain as a good accompaniment for hamburgers or bratwurst but every time we had one of those planned for dinner, PE had the grill started and was chomping at the bit for dinner and I didn't have time to make them.

Finally, one evening I had the opportunity to make them. PE had plans to grill steak and I thought the fries would go great with them. Before I could start the fries I had to make Emeril's Baby Bam Seasoning. To go with the steak and fries, PE also grilled shrimp. While everything was grilling/baking I made some fry sauce (ketchup and mayonnaise mixed to your liking) and Simple Steak Sauce.

Luckily everything was fab.u.lous. I say lucky because at the end of the dinner PE commented what a good birthday meal it was. I for a split second thought it was his actual birthday and that I had overlooked it all damn day long. After that split second I came to my senses and realized his birthday was in two days so I had plenty of time to acknowledge his day. Another good thing is that he also purchased his birthday present. He purchased himself an arrow saw. Now that he has that he can purchase any length of arrows and cut them to the desired length instead of having to shop around looking for a place that carries the length he needs.

Anyway, the second potato recipe was Homemade Microwave Chips. I am not one to cook things in the microwave. I will defrost things and reheat others. Okay, I guess I have baked potatoes in the microwave. So evidently I am okay with cooking potatoes in the microwave. I just thought this would be a fun thing for the kids. Moo thought it was great! I used the slicer attachment on my Bosch and that made it so much easier to get evenly sliced potatoes--the slicing blade on the grater wasn't doing it for me. You really have to watch these the first time around. The directions for the recipe said around 13 minutes and it only took mine between 6 and 7 minutes.

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Emeril’s Baby Bam Seasoning
from Lynn’s Kitchen Adventures
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3 Tbsp paprika
2 Tbsp salt
2 Tbsp dried parsley
2 tsp onion powder
2 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp ground black pepper
1 tsp dried oregano
1 tsp dried basil
1 tsp dried thyme
1/2 tsp celery salt

Mix all ingredients together and store in an air tight container.

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Seasoned Crispy Fries
from Lynn’s Kitchen Adventures
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2-3 lbs of russet/baking potatoes
1/4 cup vegetable oil
2 tsp Emeril’s Baby Bam Seasoning ( or more to taste)

Heat oven to 450 degrees. Peel potatoes and cut potatoes into french fry size sticks. I slice them and then cut the slices into sticks about 1/4-1/3 inches long. Toss potatoes in oil and seasoning. Bake in preheated oven for 15 minutes, stir potatoes to loosen, and bake 10 more minutes or until edges are crisp.

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Homemade Microwave Chips
from Tried and True Cooking with Heidi
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2-3 potatoes
cooking spray
salt & pepper

Remove the glass tray from the bottom of your microwave oven (most are circular and rotate) and clean well with soap and water. Spray entire surface of tray with cooking spray. Very thinly slice potatoes (as thin and even as possible...thin enough to see through) and arrange them completely covering the glass tray. Sprinkle potatoes with a salt and pepper. Lightly spray the top of potatoes with cooking spray. Place in microwave and heat until the chips are lightly browned and crispy (could be anywhere from 6 to 13 minutes). Remove quickly so they don't stick and enjoy with your favorite dip, salsa or plain.

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